White House: "Too Early To Tell If Chicago Beating Was A Hate Crime"
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It appears Newt Gingrich was right in his outrage at the hypocrisy surrounding the kidnapping and abuse of a mentally-ill white teen by four young black assailants. Despite the suspects shouting "fuck Donald Trump" and "fuck white people", Chicago police said today that they do not believe the attack was motivated by race, more likely due to his "special needs."
As a reminder, this is what Gingrich, said earlier on Fox and Friends: "If this had been done to an African-American by four whites, every liberal in the country would be outraged and there would be no question that it is a hate crime." He added that "we are right at the edge of a terrible period — which I know President-elect Donald Trump wants to avoid — of having a deep bitter division in the communities in a way that makes America very hard to govern."
And to address these divisions the country must first admit there is a problem on both sides; alas not only do the authorities refuse to at least approach what happened objectively, so does the Obama administration itself.
On Thursday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily White House briefing that it’s “too early to tell” if the four Chicagoans who kidnapped and tortured a mentally challenged teenager committed a hate crime, despite the quite clear audio track that accompanied the violent kidnapping.
President Obama has condemned the chilling Facebook Live torture video that was filmed in his home city of Chicago this week — calling it a “horrific” and “despicable” hate crime.
The commander-in-chief spoke about the savage attack during several interviews with Chicago television stations on Thursday.
“I take these things very seriously,” Obama told local CBS affiliate WBBM.
“What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time — whether it’s tensions between police and communities [or] hate crimes of the despicable sort that have just now recently surfaced on Facebook,” he said of the video, which showed four black teens repeatedly assaulting a mentally disabled white man
Throughout the 30 minute clip, the suspects can be heard yelling “f**k Donald Trump” and “f**k white people.”
While Obama blasted the incident — calling it “horrific” and “terrible” — he insisted that it wasn’t proof of weakening race relations, but rather evidence of the increasing public exposure that’s become more prevalent today thanks to technology.